Georgia Williams completed a fine Women’s Herald Sun Tour for Mitchelton-Scott, taking third place in the closing individual time trial and jumping up the general classification to fifth. The New Zealand National time trial champion was in great form as she finished behind Annemiek van Vleuten and Katrin Garfoot.
Closing out the 2018 Women’s Herald Sun Tour was a short 1.6km time trial through the streets of Melbourne. There was plenty on the line though, while the general classification was just about wrapped up between Brodie Chapman and van Vleuten, there were battles to be fought for the other top ten places with about 33 riders all in contention there. Included in the battle were Grace Anderson and best young rider classification rival Jeanne Korevaar. While time gaps had shown that Anderson was in control, in actual fact the two finished stage 1 on equal time.
That battle would sadly not go Anderson’s way with Korevaar stopping the clock 10 seconds faster than Anderson to take the young rider classification.
While the stage belonged to van Vleuten there were a number of strong performances by Kiwis in the short dash to the line. Williams was the strongest of these, showing not just the endurance that was on display at the Elite Road National Championships, but the pure power reminiscent of her track days as she claimed third place across the line.
An impress Kate McIlroy of Specialized Women’s Racing blitzed the course and despite being more renowned for her time trialling abilities managed to stop the clock just 5 seconds short of the win in 9th place and 2 places clear of former world time trial champion Linda Villumsen; riding for Team Virtu Cycling Women.
Overall it meant that Brodie Chapman was crowned Women’s Herald Sun Tour winner by 5 seconds from van Vleuten, with Chloe Hosking taking third. Georgia Williams took fifth place 1.07mins back, with Linda Villumsen completing the top 10, Kate McIlroy finishing 11th and Sharlotte Lucas also finishing strongly in 13th place.